Oak Run news 1-6-2012

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Vets invite all residents to Jan. 18 meeting

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Oak Run Veterans’ Association invites all residents of Oak Run to attend a very special presentation at our meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club. We will start the New Year with a great speaker, David Dilley, CEO of Global Weather Oscillations. He will talk and give a power point presentation about hurricane risk predications and climate change cycles. (Remember what Mark Twain said about the weather, if you don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change.) Do not miss this rare opportunity. Come early as we expect a capacity crowd.
A raffle will be held to raise money for the 2012 Honor Flight.

Showcase of Stars
If you were not able to make the Showcase holiday show in December, you missed a great show indeed.
But now you have another opportunity to have your talented neighbors entertain you. Shopping is over, wrapping is done. Decorations have been put away.
 Visitors are gone (or you’re back home). Come relax, laugh, and have fun with the Showcase of Stars as they present “Songs for Everyone” tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. Admission is free, there will be 50/50 and door prizes.
If you have questions call Ron Manford at 352-861-8295.

Ambassadors’ Ticket Price Clarification
The Oak Run Newsletter for January provided erroneous information about the upcoming stage show, “The Atlantic City Boys.” The cost is $15. Individual ticket sales will be on Monday, Jan 9, in the Orchid Club card room from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 10 a.m. Please keep in mind for the rest of 2012 that all Ambassadors’ show tickets are $15 per person and all dances are $6 per person.
(Columnist’s Note: Everyone I talked to who had seen the stage show, “The Jersey Boys,” raved about it. Now we have an opportunity to see a tribute to this great show right here in Oak Run!)

New England Club

Very warm wishes to everyone for a happy New Year and a prosperous 2012. The first meeting of 2012 is to be held on Jan. 19 at the Orchid Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 5:45 p.m. and dinner to be served at 6 p.m. The sign-up dates are Monday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan 13, in the Orchid Club lobby from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost of the dinner is $12 and annual dues of $6 should be paid at this sign-up (separate checks please). The featured entertainment of the evening will be our famous auction, so please bring a new, or nearly new, wrapped gift of a value of at least $3. Please, no food or food products this year. The menu has yet to be decided, but will be catered by Angela and will include salad, choice of the main course and dessert. Coffee and tea will be available, but you may bring a beverage of your choice. Please bring cash for the 50/50 drawing and for the auction. Door prizes will be awarded.
The new board hopes all members will come. Thank you for your loyalty, and please, bring a friend. New members are always welcome and very much appreciated. Any questions? Call Cecilia at 352-854-5836.

Photography Club

The January Photography Club program at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Orchid Club will feature Juan Pierre (J.P.) Leemans and his “Critter Collection.” J.P. will demonstrate how an ordinary, non professional person using an ordinary camera can achieve extraordinary results by being observant, patient, and diligent. Art Holt will conduct a photo review showing members’ best holiday and other photographs.

Art Club of Oak Run

Don’t miss a wonderful demonstration of watercolor painting by award-winning artist Jeanne Conrad. Come to the Island Club on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. to watch Jeanne create her wonderful paintings of Florida wildlife. All Oak Run residents are invited to attend. Members free, guests $3.
Our new session of art lessons begins with drawing on Jan. 11, oil or acrylic, Jan. 17, pastel, Jan. 24 and watercolor, Jan. 25. All classes welcome beginners and you may sit in on a class to see if it suits you. No early sign up needed. Just bring a check for $60 to the first class. All classes start at 9:30 a.m. in the Island Club.
Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket so you can win “What! No Cell Phone?” by Margarethe Nachbar. The winner will be announced at our 20th Annual Art Show on Feb. 25, but you need not be present to win. Tickets sales are Saturday, Jan. 14, Wednesday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward an art scholarship at CCF.

Library, copy machine hours

The Oak Run library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ORHA’s copy machine, located in the library, is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Little Theatre
In Little Theatre’s March play, “Sex Please We’re Sixty”, we are fortunate to have in our cast the very talented duo of DiAnne and Lenny Klatt. Fortunate because when they are not busy with on-stage rehearsals, they are busily engaged in running Lenny’s law practice down Highway 200 a piece. They’ve been principals in both theatre groups for the past several years and so busy with their dual occupations as lawyers and thespians that only recently have they had an opportunity to take a delayed European honeymoon. In the current play DiAnne in the role of Hillary Hudson is a beautiful, well educated, articulate and sophisticated woman, much the same as real life. She is an old friend of Henry Mitchell, played by Lenny but soon falls under the spell of “Bud the Stud” only to also find out that he is a two-timer. Henry Mitchell, her old friend is a retired chemist, and as Mrs. Stancliffe’s “gentleman caller” he is mild mannered and has proposed to Mrs. Stancliffe every day for twenty years. She always turns him down however, and out of frustration he develops a new pill to increase the libido in menopausal women. The results turn out to be different as he and Bud come to respect the mood swings menopausal women go through.
Ticket sales in the Orchid club in January will be Jan.10 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Jan. 14 from 8 to 10 a.m., Jan. 25 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., Jan. 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. Palm Grove Club sales will be Jan. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information about tickets, call Diana Schmidt regarding dinner theatre tickets at 352-873-7243. For all other shows call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908.

Neighborhood 12 News

A Valentine’s Day dinner is in the works for all residents of Neighborhood 12. It will be held at Bella Cucina in Oak Run on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $16 and will be a buffet consisting of a fresh fruit salad, pot roast, chicken marsala, rice pilaf and apple cobbler. This is the time to get together and see old neighbors and to make new friends. Just because the dinner will take place on Valentine’s Day does not mean it is only for couples. Singles are most welcome. Payment in advance will be collected at the Neighborhood 12 breakfast at Royal Oaks at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13. For more information call Sandy Wolfe.

Oak Run Travel

On Saturday, Jan. 15, Paul and Emily Pike are hosting a trip to Ed Fletcher’s Dinner Theatre to see “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect.” The show is about two brothers, one of which has a gambling problem. He has borrowed money from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back, or else. You have the recipe for a laugh-packed farce of twists, puns and pratfalls as Tom strives mightily to compensate for Billy’s “habitual” errors.
The Florida State Fair runs for 11 days and on Thursday, Feb. 16, the Flickingers will host a trip to the fair. You will pay your own entrance to the fair so that you will be able to purchase any additional attractions you desire. Besides the rides and exhibits, other venues during the fair include the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, which hosts horse races and other equestrian events. There will also be Cracker Country which demonstrates life in frontier Florida and exhibits from most counties of Florida, plus other agricultural and state organizations in the large Expo Hall.
The Irish Rovers will appear at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in a fun-filled show which started in Canada in 1963. This group has traveled all over the world to spread their Celtic strains that make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet, or get up and dance. Call Wayne and Howardean Krueger so you don’t miss this fantastic show.

Renaissance Women

The January luncheon will be at Outback on Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. For reservations call Nancy at 352-237-6475. We will meet at Palm Grove on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. to discuss future activities. All women of Oak Run, regardless of marital status, are invited to all Renaissance Women functions.

Southern States Club

The Southern States Club invites you to join us for 2012. In addition to our four dinners with entertainment, we are planning several day trips. Our first meeting of the new year will be a special Valentine’s Dinner at Palm Grove on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Look forward to something a little out of the ordinary with a Greek buffet prepared by Lakis Restaurant. The meal includes moussaka, chicken parmesan, tossed salad and Baklava for dessert. We also are thrilled that Roger Bourgault will be entertaining us once again with his great music! Ticket sales are Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost for member is $13, for guests, $15. Dues for 2012 of $6 per person may be paid on these dates by separate check.
Our first day trip will be to Tampa Bay Downs on Mar. 28. Details and sign up will be announced at the Feb. 9 meeting. Mark your calendars now for this fun event. For more information regarding Southern States, contact Bob Canning at 352-854-8015.

Italian American Club

Your board members hope you all had a happy holiday season and are looking forward to a brighter new year! Our Christmas party was enjoyed by all who attended. A very big thank you to Santa (Ralph Imbriale) and Mrs. Claus (Rosemarie Imbriale) who took time out of their busy holiday preparations to attend our celebration. We are not sure who had a better time, Santa or all our ladies. Photos taken during this party are free and will be available at either the Jan. 25 ticket sale or the Feb. 8 party Please be sure to pick up your photos.
The Feb. 8 party will be our annual St. Jude’s fundraiser. Ticket sales will be in the Orchid Club on Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Additional details about the party will follow.
Collection of dues will have been completed by Dec. 31. Based upon the new membership list, additional members will be added accordingly. New members please note that you will be contacted by phone during the week of Jan. 8.
Please be sure to contact Karen Procaccinni or Eileen Leo with any announcements, i.e., birthdays, anniversaries, illnesses or deaths, As always, should you have any suggestions, complaints or comments, you may contact any board member.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

“Drop 2 Worst Holes” was our last game of the year. Being so cold when we started playing must have affected everyone. It seems most of the ladies chose one or both of the first two holes to drop. Then the sun came out, warmed us and our golf games up, and scores improved. Cindy Kocher won the game. Eleanor Cerlenko was second and Ilene Simnowitz was third. Congratulations to Rae Stover who won the “closest to the pin” contest on hole #3, and also birdied the hole!
All ladies living in Oak Run are welcome to play with the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The tee-times are noted on the sign-up sheet in the ladies locker room.

Royal Oaks Run Men’s Golf

On a cold morning on the 30th of December the men’s golf group played its last game of the year 2011. Perhaps the weather contributed to the small turnout of 38 players, but no doubt holiday travel and visitors played an important part as well.
The game was the usual three best net. The winners with a score of 189 were Sam Sample, Bruce Stover, Virgil Hein, and Paul Valois. Second with a 192 were Mark Best, Bill Staiger, Paul Colatruglio, and Dick Spano. Third with a 198 were Ron Catapano, Gene Topp, George Gariepy, and Pat Schiavo.
Closest to the pin were Bob Gray, Sam Sample, George Gariepy, and Bob Gildea.
We have it on good authority that Virgil Hein, who shot a 76, carried his team to victory. Congratulations, Virgil!
So ends the year. We are looking forward to another banner year in 2012 with even greater participation from the members. Happy New Year!

Tennis Club

What a wonderful holiday season that was had at the tennis courts. For tally tennis we had many visitors coming down and playing. What fun we all had. Now that the winter rentals are with us, we hope to see more tennis players at tally tennis which is at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. All residents of Oak Run are welcome. Just a word of caution for the early morning tennis players, courts one and two maybe a little damp, so be careful. The wind screens have been taken down, hoping that would help dry them off quicker Have patience, the net on court one may be replaced in the near future.
The tennis committee is planning to have the first tennis mixer on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Watch the bulletin board for the sign up sheet. For some good tennis, be sure to watch the Australian Open.